The author or editor of over 30 books on various topics, Hermes Tovar Pinzón is best known for his pioneering work on Colombia's economic and statistical history and his ability to integrate such perspectives into social history. But with the publication of La batalla de los sentidos: Infidelidad, adulterio y concubinato a finales de la colonia in 2004, he made clear that, although he had not abandoned archival work or the power of quantitative approaches, he would be writing with more soul. In this vein, he has given us this unconventional book, a passionately presented argument that corruption has been a corrosive element in Colombia's history that has undermined all possibility of building a just society. The work blends Tovar's legendarily razor-sharp tongue and generous nature in a narrative of historical exposition and withering condemnation. The book recalls Alfonso W. Quiroz's Corrupt...

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